The ban on diesel engines in Europe: has it become better with ecology in megalopolises?November 28, 2018
A study was conducted on how in world capitals they are fighting for ecology. Well, the struggle, as usual, always translates into all sorts of prohibitions and restrictions. This is especially true of diesel cars, which have already become the talk of the town
The introduction of all prohibitions for the sake of improving the environmental situation is especially fashionable in Germany. Restrictions for cars with old diesel engines are valid in Hamburg, Berlin, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Cologne, Bonn and Essen. However, bans on diesel engines, reports presseportal.de, did not improve air quality, for example in Hamburg. On the contrary – for the year the level of nitrogen oxides has increased! So, in October 2018, the average level of nitrogen dioxide in the air was 48 micrograms per cubic meter, and until the ban on cars with diesel engines – only 39.
Nevertheless, the general environmental movement has covered not only Germany, but other countries as well. Where and what is forbidden in order to breathe in the cities it became easier, the German edition automobilwoche.de was dismantled.
Paris. In the French capital there are very strict rules for diesel cars. Primary registration vehicles until 2001, as well as gasoline vehicles produced before 1997, are not allowed to enter the city. From the middle of 2019, the rules are going to tighten. Paris creates intercepting parking lots at the entrance to the city to encourage people to change to public transport. In the long term, Mayor Anna Hidalgo is going to turn the historical center of the capital into a pedestrian zone. The plan concerns the four districts of the metropolis, in which there are famous attractions.
Rome. To travel to the historic center requires a special permit, which can only get locals, and then for the money. Strict rules also apply in other parts of the country: Northern Italy declared war on old diesel cars during the cold season. From October to the end of March in Piedmont, Lombardy, Veneto and Emilia-Romagna there are tougher restrictions compared to other months.
Brussels. In the Belgian metropolis developed a multi-year plan for improving air quality. Since the beginning of the year, very old Euro 1 class diesel engines have been banned in most parts of Brussels. By 2022, Euro-4 diesel engines will be banned, and from 2025, only diesel cars with Euro-6 engines will be allowed into the Belgian capital. They monitor compliance with these rules with the help of video cameras, a fine for violation of environmental standards – 350 euros.
Oslo. Norway encourages the purchase of electric cars through preferential taxation and is very successful in this. Almost half of all newly registered cars in the country are electric cars. By 2025, no new car in Norway will work on fuel produced from oil. Parking in the capital is also becoming increasingly difficult and more expensive; during this year, they want to make the center of the city a pedestrian only. The next stage is to transfer all cruise ships to electricity.
Copenhagen. The mayor of the city, Frank Jensen, wants to ban all traffic in the city on diesel cars from next year. Will be allowed to reach only those owners whose cars were registered before January 1, 2019. From 2030, the sale of any diesel vehicles in Denmark will be completely banned.
Stockholm. In 2020, the capital of Sweden is planning to introduce ecological zones in the city center, in which traffic will be regulated depending on exhaust emission indicators. However, it has not yet been decided how this regulation will be organized, therefore residents of Stockholm are strongly advised not to buy diesel vehicles at all.
Madrid. For the first time in the Spanish capital, due to high rates of air pollution, a traffic ban was imposed on certain vehicles from December 28, 2016. City officials are going to go even further: in the coming months, cars that do not belong to local residents will be banned from entering the city center and the Gran Via highway. In this regard, the city is radically rebuilt, on the previously multi-lane roads will soon remain only one lane in each direction. Movement is allowed only for taxis, buses, minibuses and electric vehicles.
How much these measures will help to clean the cities of Europe from exhaust gases, we just have to make sure.